The NEW CASTLE (PA) NEWS reports today that it has confirmed the engagement of Ben Roethlisberger to, “Lawrence County (PA) native Ashley Harlan, a 2004 graduate of Laurel High School.”
Sources have confirmed that Roethlisberger is engaged to Ashley Harlan, a 2004 graduate of Laurel High School whose family home is on Devils Elbow Road in Hickory Township.
Word of the engagement, which is said to have occurred over the Christmas holiday, leaked out both locally and nationally over the past few days and, while Roethlisberger said following yesterday’s practice that he would not discuss his personal life, the proverbial cat appears to be out of the bag.
Harlan also attended St. Francis (PA) College where she played softball between 2005-07. She now works as a physician’s assistant and still lives at home with her parents in the Newcastle area.
Sally Kalson and Karen Kane of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE went to the Harlan family home for additional confirmation.
They smiled congenially but, in the end, David and Gloria Harlan declined to comment on all the reports that their daughter, Ashley, was engaged to be married to the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I’m sorry but I have no comment at this time,” said Mrs. Harlan, whose family lives atop a rural knob that overlooks Devil’s Elbow Road in Hickory Township, just outside the village of Eastbrook near New Castle.
Another pleasant smile and “no comment” followed minutes later from Mr. Harlan after he pulled his pickup into the driveway Tuesday evening.
A few neighbors confirmed that it was common knowledge that Ashley and Ben have been “an item” — as Amy Kunselman put it. But, no one had first-hand information about any pending nuptials. At least no information they were willing to share.
The engagement, first reported by Golf World Executive Editor Ron Sirak on Twitter, happened around Christmas. It was also at that time that Harlan deleted her Facebook page.
When asked about the engagement yesterday, Roethlisberger said,
Sirak reported late Tuesday on his Twitter feed that the couple is expected to marry in July.
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